This book explores the contemporary phenomenon of English as an international language, and sets out to analyse how and why the language has become so dominant. It looks at the spread of English historically, at the role it plays in Third World countries, and at the ideologies transmitted through the English language.
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Taking stock of a world commodity
English the dominant language
Earlier work relevant to linguistic imperialism
The colonial linguistic inheritance
British and American promotion of English
the structure and tenets of
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academic activities African languages American analysis anglocentricity applied linguistics arguments bilingual Britain British Council Calvet Centre Chapter communication context cultural diplomacy cultural imperialism discourse dominant language economic education systems elite ELT profession English language English linguistic imperialism English teaching European experience factors Fishman Ford Foundation foreign language French functions global goals hegemony ibid ideological India influence interests involved issues Kachru Kenya language learning language pedagogy language planning language policy language teaching learners legitimate lingua franca linguicism linguicist linguistic human rights major Makerere Report medium of education monolingual mother tongue multilingual Namibia native speaker needs Nigeria norms Nutford House official language overseas Periphery periphery-English countries Perren Phillipson political professional programmes projects promotion relation relevant role second language Skutnabb-Kangas social spread of English structure Swahili SWAPO teacher training teaching of English tenet theoretical theory underdeveloped countries Unesco University western Zambian